The orientation tour continues, and I look forward to returning to Jerusalem when this phase of my trip is done. I am now in Haifa, in the north, to meet with my primary contacts in the country before finalizing the itinerary for the rest of the trip. There have been no serious difficulties and I am not that challenged getting around. Although most people speak English well enough, the Israeli language is interesting and I am enjoying the process of trying to use my knowledge of Biblical Hebrew to understand modern Hebrew. Nonetheless, it was a fun change of pace to be able to speak Arabic in the Old City of Jerusalem.
I toured an archaeological lab in the University of Haifa last night, and had some very stimulating conversation with a local archaeological director that lasted long into the night.
Tomorrow I will make a run through Haifa to see the Baha'i gardens and surrounding areas before visiting with another contact in Herzeliyya, near Tel Aviv.
More to come soon.